Memorial Day is More than “the Unofficial Start of Summer”

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me where were the fireworks?  I said fireworks are for the Fourth of July a day of celebration. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It is supposed to be a somber day, but like all holidays it has lost its meaning to so many.  My mother used to visit my Father’s grave before she did anything on Memorial Day. She would put her flag out in front of the house. Yes, she would go to cookouts, but my father’s memory was front and center on her mind. Now when we hear Memorial Day it is followed by the words “the unofficial start of summer.” We are more likely to go to a Memorial Day sale than to a Memorial Day service.  We are simply to busy texting, twittering or posting to take a little time, and reflect on those who gave their lives so we could text, twitter and post. This is not meant as a chastisement because I am living in the glass house. So I am in no position to throw a stone. So today before you heat up the grill just take a little time to think of the 5461 lives lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Their sacrifice must not be forgotten.

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  • elogam  On May 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Couldn’t agree more.

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